As a very interesting way to encourage teenagers to get the COVID-19 vaccine, Washington, D.C.’s Mayor Muriel Bowser has announced free AirPods for those who get their first shot. Teenagers also stand a chance to win a $25,000 scholarship or iPad and headphones. The vaccination drive and its rewards are aimed towards teenagers aged 12-17, and who have not been vaccinated at all yet.
This means that if you are in the target age group and have already received your first jab or gotten completely vaccinated in Washington D.C., you are out of luck.
Get vaccinated and receive free AirPods
Other eligibility criteria include the following.
- Vaccination must be at either of the three locations in Washington, D.C.:
- Brookland MS
- Sousa MS
- Johnson MS
- The teen should have a school ID, DC One Card, Kids Ride Free card, report card, or proof of enrollment with them.
- Teen must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
AirPods will be given until supplies last, while all teens receiving their first vaccine shot will be eligible for a chance to win an iPad (model undisclosed) and headphones.
This is a unique method of offering Apple products as incentives to those who get vaccinated. Many other states in the United States have also been offering rewards for vaccination. Ohio had offered five $1 million prizes and five full-ride scholarships, while Michigan is offering daily $50,000, a $1 million prize, a $2 million prize, and nine full-ride scholarships. Various reports say that Ohio’s vaccination rewards program was not enough to increase the numbers as the vaccine numbers went down again after a boost for just a week.
It will be interesting to see if free AirPods can convince teenagers to rush for vaccines. As per The Hill, 70% of Washington, D.C. residents are already vaccinated so the state is already doing much better compared to many other states in the United States.